The home of Australia's Chef Hat Awards and Readers Choice Awards
Sydney is home to many of Australia’s best restaurants. From pocket cafes to internationally renowned Chefs, Sydney Restaurants are as diverse as they are numerous. Long gone are the days when Sydney gastronomic reputation was all but favourable. Today Sydney’s Restaurants stand proud, attracting a plethora of connoisseurs from around the world in search of the ultimate in culinary inspiration and indulgence; and Sydney does not disappoint!
Numerous award winning restaurants are scattered throughout Sydney and surrounding suburbs providing for a veritable gastronomic paradise. Australian Good Food and Travel Guides Chef Hat’s have been awarded to discerning Chefs around Australia since 1982 (see Our History). These awards are the result of careful deliberation. Inspectors appointed by AGFG dine anonymously. Their reviews and the opinions of the dining public, who generously send in their comments throughout the year, determine these results.You will find a concentration of Sydney’s Awarding Winning Restaurants in and around the City, in the Rocks area, throughout Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and along the Northern Beaches. There are numerous other restaurants that have been awarded Chef Hats, dotted all over Sydney, and as you might expect they all produce exceptional cuisine!
The number of Chef Hats awarded to Sydney Restaurants each year is limited! There are numerous other outstanding Restaurants found right throughout Sydney to suite all occasions and styles; Many of these restaurants you will find featuring on the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide (AGFG) website as Feature Listings.
Australian Chefs are recognised to be among some of the words best. Today many of Australia’s young chefs are highly sort-after and can be found honing their skills in kitchens around the world. Back home, the Sydney Restaurant scene is privileged to be home to many of Australia’s best Chefs including Peter Gilmore; Mark Best; Martin Benn; Neal Perry; Matt Moran; Ben Greeno; Peter Doyle; Sean Moran; Guillaume Brahimi; Brent Savage; James Parry and many others. Numerous other talented Chefs whose names are synonymous with gastronomic creativity and excellence also call Sydney home. A number of the Sydney Chefs we have profiled are owners and partners in the Restaurants they work in.
Be inspired by some of Australia’s culinary greats with recipes and tips by Award Winning Sydney Chefs including Tetsuya Wakuda, Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore and Mark Best. Browse through our complete range of restaurant recipes and learn how to prepare dishes that have won their Sydney Restaurants culinary acclaim.
Reader Reviews are a great way to find out what other passionate diners just like you think of the Sydney Restaurants they visited. The views and the opinions of our readers are the guiding principles behind our approach. We encourage all comments! The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide invites you to indulge your inner critic and vote for your favourite Sydney Restaurants.
Sydney restaurant range from bustling harbour-side hubs to quite suburban eateries, there is not a suburb in Sydney that does not radiate its own distinctive character and culinary individuality. Some more so than others sure; but all have something special to offer.
Sydney’s CBD – a bustling metropolis of cafés, bistros and fine dining establishment of every cuisine and style; Darling Harbour – Right on the water showcasing some of the best restaurants Sydney has to offer; Haymarket – this is Sydney’s China town; Surry Hills – avant-garde, hip and unpredictable dishing up some of Sydneys finest examples of culinary genius; The Rocks – Where Sydney began with spectacular views over the harbour and historical significance, the Rocks remains one of Sydney's great dining and entertainment destinations; Woolloomooloo – exciting and vibrant dining precinct located right on the harbour.
Balmain – offering a melting pot of boutique and exotic dining options and a lively pub scene; Glebe - an inner Sydney suburb notable for its distinct village character and heritage streetscapes; Leichhardt & Habberfield – commonly referred to as Little Italy for their numerous Italian Restaurants; Newtown – with a large student and its many pubs there exists a thriving music and theater scene.
Bondi – Australia most famous beach has an abundance of restaurant to suit any occasion; Darlinghurst - a bohemian approach with a number of jewels; Paddington, Double Bay and Woollahra is home to a number of Sydney’s long time Award Winning Restaurants.
Sydney's Crows Nest – on Sydney’s North Shore is a local’s district with some hidden treasures; The Northern Beaches – including Manly, Dee Why and Palm Beach offers a agreeable concentration of quality restaurants; Neutral Bay - is another dining hub.
Cabramatta – has a distinct Vietnamese influence; Lakemba – many restaurants in the area have Middle Eastern influences; Parramatta – the western hub of Sydney’s Metropolitan are and home to numerous restaurants.
Brighton Le Sands – has a wonderful relaxed coastal feel; Cronulla – right on the beach, has a plenty of casual, cheerful dining establishments.
1Waterloo Restaurants NSW
Lovingly restored, be sure to visit the iconic Cauliflower Hotel, established in 1838 and still serving icy beer to Waterloo crowds. Now boasting a specialist rum ba...
$10 Steaks Monday Nights (5-9PM)
10 Apr to 18 Dec
2Randwick Restaurants NSW
Randwick locals gallop in to Coach and Horses on Avoca Street, to fuel up at this firm favourite of a watering hole. With their corner location and beer garden, Coach...
18 Oct to 30 Nov
3Surry Hills Restaurants NSW
For craft beer and quirky pub fare, Surry Hills locals drop into Dove & Olive on Devonshire Street. Step through the door and be enveloped in a warm, rustic vibe with ...
27 Aug to 26 Nov
4Bondi Beach Restaurants NSW
It’s always smooth sailing ahead with you’re aboard The Anchor, a pirate pub situated in the heart of Bondi Beach along Campbell Parade. Running a tight ship, this upbea...
Thursday Steak Night
28 Sep to 30 Nov
5Bondi Junction Restaurants NSW
The place to come for good quality cuts of meat at a good price for example the $15 Rump served with mash and peas or chips and salad with a choice of sauce.
6Camden Restaurants NSW
7Balmain Restaurants NSW
8Pyrmont Restaurants NSW
9Windsor Restaurants NSW
10St Marys Restaurants NSW
11Avalon Restaurants NSW
12Penrith Restaurants NSW
13Annandale Restaurants NSW
14Maroubra Restaurants NSW
15Woolloomooloo Restaurants NSW
16Castle Hill Restaurants NSW
17North Strathfield Restaurants NSW
18Woollahra Restaurants NSW
19Cronulla Restaurants NSW
The Sports Bar and TAB caters for the most avid punter, along with it’s own beer garden and weekly entertainment schedule.
Mango Jam offers innovative and im...
20Camperdown Restaurants NSW
All day dining 7 days
21Glebe Restaurants NSW
22Sydney City Restaurants NSW
23Paddington Restaurants NSW
24Sydney City Restaurants NSW
25Haymarket Restaurants NSW
Recommendations may include: Share Plates (entree), Grain Fed Rump (main).
26Sydney City Restaurants NSW
27Petersham Restaurants NSW
Satisfy cravings for American ribs and burgers at Cannonballs Grill on Ol...
Returning the nostalgia of charming Italian cuisine to the heart o...
Restaurants Bondi Beach
While strolling the sands of Bondi Beach and hunger pangs strike, locals drop...
If you’re off to the Enmore Theatre then a must-do stop by is the Blue Fig Bar...
Restaurants Surry Hills
Stand in line with the locals at Lavie & Belle in Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills...
Restaurants Potts Point
For a relaxing lunch in vibrant Potts Points, visit Uliveto on Bayswater Road. Admi...
Restaurants Walsh Bay
Gracing Sydney’s dynamic dining scene with a burst of culinary creativity...
When in Sydney’s Eastern suburb of Randwick, be sure to head along Perouse ...
Restaurants Macquarie Park
Set along the bustling streets of the Macquarie Centre in the sought after ...
Restaurants Horsley Park
Enjoy authentic Italian dining in Sydney’s west at Terranova Bar Restaurant, ope...
Restaurants Balmoral Beach
Offering a majestic location with views over Balmoral Beach and across Sydney Ha...
When looking for a bite after the sun has gone down on a day at Manly beach, hea...
Restaurants Darling Harbour
Dine in style with spectacular Sydney waterfront views at Olivo Harbourside Rest...
Empowering diners to make healthier choices is the motto at Peanut Butter Bar on...
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide
NOV 22, 2017
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